WMU News

Bronco Days helps freshmen feel like campus veterans

Aug. 23, 2004

KALAMAZOO--As many as 1,800 first-time students are expected to be on campus Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 24-27, for the sixth annual Bronco Days orientation program.

Bronco Days supplements the traditional summer orientation program by homing in on issues of particular significance to freshmen and providing a fun, informative, interactive and invigorating start to their college careers. The program consists of training sessions and social activities that help participants adjust to college life and learn the skills necessary to succeed in a rigorous academic setting. It also allows participants to move into campus residence halls four days before their peers, giving them extra time to become familiar with the campus as well as with student resources and services.

This year's participants are moving into their rooms today. Their parents are invited to attend a new orientation session at 6 p.m. that provides tips and advice on how they can help their students adjust to college life.

Bronco Days officially kicks off Aug. 24 with a convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium and concludes Aug. 27 with a closing ceremony at 11 a.m. in Miller featuring remarks by WMU President Judith I. Bailey.

Special presentations scheduled throughout Bronco Days include inspirational comedy by Jud Laipply, "Unintentional Intolerance" by Steve Robbins, "Tricks of the Grade" by Joe Martin and "The Real Buzz" by David Hellstrom. Throughout the week, program participants will be able to take part in nightly entertainment and games as well as a trip to downtown Kalamazoo.

For more information, contact Lori Nagel-Bennett in Student Activities and Leadership Programs at (269) 387-2115 or <lori.bennett@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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